News on Boracay flights and airlines diverting to other destinations
With the closure of Boracay, some airlines started to divert their flights to other destinations in the country. Most of these are less-known destinations in Visayas
and Mindanao that can cater to tourists. For instance, Philippine Airlines
will prepare additional flights to and from Manila to Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Cagayan de Oro.
New jobs for displaced workers
While most establishments will remain open, a big chunk of their manpower will be forced to go on leave. Thousands of workers will be losing their jobs because of the closure, from registered workers who work in companies to those from the informal sector, such as tricycle drivers, massage therapists, and boatmen. To lessen the burden of the workers, the national government offered jobs for some. A series of job fairs was also conducted prior to the closure. Starting April 26, a series of livelihood and skills training will also be offered to workers who will be displaced.
No more casino
Locals and those against the proposed new casino in Boracay can breathe a sigh of relief. In a recent press briefing, the Department of Tourism confirmed that Macau Galaxy is now looking for another venue to build their casino hotel.
Better water quality
Even prior to the closure, major cleanup activities have been done in the island, one of which is the cleanup of the drainage. Due to this, an improved water quality in the island has been reported.